‘I’ll Call It Quits’ – Usain Bolt Is Two Weeks Away From Giving Up On Dream Of Making It As Professional Footballer

Chris Wright

15th, November 2018


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Usain Bolt has set himself a two-week deadline to find a new club or else park his dream of making the grade as a professional footballer.

The Jamaican sprinter had been on trial with Central Coast Mariners, but failed to agree a permanent contract upon conclusion after demanding roughly 2,000 times more in the way of salary than the A-League side could afford to offer him.

Though he did manage to score a couple of goals in a specially-arranged friendly against a team of local jobbers, Bolt’s footballing prowess was not universally commended by the wider A-League community, with Perth Glory striker Andy Keogh describing the 32-year-old sprinter as having a “touch like a trampoline“.

Since parting company with the Mariners, Bolt claims that he’s received plenty of interest but, should nothing come to fruition in the next few weeks, he’s also willing to admit defeat.

As quoted by Eurosport, the Olympian laid down the following ultimatum on Wednesday:

With Central Coast, we couldn’t work out the contract stuff so that’s dead, but I’ve got a lot of offers from other clubs out there.

Now we’re just trying to figure out what [to do]. We’ll make a decision before the end of November if I’m going to go to another club or call it actually quits.

There’ll always be some club out there hungry enough for the PR, but the basic fact of the matter is that Bolt – surprise, surprise – is probably too old and definitely nowhere near good enough to cut it.

The whole thing was an indulgent vanity project from the start and, in years to come, that’s all it’ll ever be looked back upon as.

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  1. Fart Garfunkel says:

    Indulgent, yes. But I respect him anyway. He had a dream and decided to pursue it for what it’s worth.

    • Andrew says:

      Dreams are a tad bit easier when you can walk into trials. The 15 year old kid who actually has talent doesn’t have a back door route into Dortmund and A League. It’s BS and we all know it. If he wanted it as badly as he appears to then he can afford to play for free. Any true player would.

  2. Shaun says:

    Central Coast would have given him an opportunity for 150,000 a year. Which is far more than his football ability reflects.

    He held out for 3 Million, if the dream dies, it is entirely on him.

  3. Josh says:

    I think he has a place in that Man United defence. Fuck, I think a kangaroo could play there.

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